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Track(s) taken from CDH55197
Recording details: June 1991
St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mike Skeet
Engineered by Mike Skeet
Release date: April 1992
Total duration: 4 minutes 49 seconds

'Jacobs treats the music with affection, but also respect; he's served by an excellent recording' (BBC Music Magazine Top 1000 CDs Guide)

'Well worth the attention of those who enjoy piano music that seeks merely to soothe, charm and enchant' (Gramophone)

'In this well recorded, presented and imaginatively conceived issue we see again just how well Hyperion can produce the goods! It is a particular pleasure to see this issue on the market' (CDReview)

Étude scholastique, Op 139
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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Chaminade’s Étude scholastique, Op 139, published in 1910, re-visits the archaic manner of the early Chaconne from a viewpoint of absolute maturity. ‘Scholastique’ does not mean academic, but her vigorous free invention in the Baroque manner takes a dig at the kind of strict stylistic imitation required by the conservatoires. Actually the piece is a brilliant toccata in A minor. The time signature is 2/4, but the fast triplets give it the feeling of a gigue. A broad, richly chordal subsidiary theme in C major hints at Brahmsian, even Elgarian models – but this is soon wreathed in very un-Brahmsian arpeggio writing. When this idea eventually returns it is in the tonic major, and in A major, with a fine flourish, the Étude scholastique concludes – a convincing demonstration of the powers of a composer who, within her chosen sphere, attained a frequent and diverting excellence.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 1992

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